Rays sign former Indians pitcher
• The Tampa Bay Rays signed former Indians right-hander Roberto Hernandez, the pitcher formerly known as Fausto Carmona, to a one-year deal worth $3.25 million.
The 32-year-old Hernandez has pitched seven years in the majors, all with Cleveland. He was 0-3 with a 7.53 ERA last season.
• Right-hander Anibal Sanchez agreed to an $80 million, five-year deal to return to the Detroit Tigers.
• The Oakland Athletics finalized a $6.5 million, two-year deal with Japanese shortstop Hiroyuki Nakajima.
• The Houston Astros agreed to a $2.9 million, one-year contract with veteran slugger Carlos Pena.
• Pitcher John Lannan and the Philadelphia Phillies finalized a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
• The Minnesota Twins and pitcher Mike Pelfrey, who went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA in seven seasons with the New York Mets, agreed to terms on a $4 million, one-year contract.
• The Boston Red Sox reached a $9.5 million, one-year agreement with shortstop Stephen Drew.
• The New York Mets acquired outfielder Collin Cowgill in a trade with the Oakland Athletics for minor-league infielder Jefry Marte.
• Right-handed reliever Santiago Casilla completed a $15 million, three-year deal with the San Francisco Giants.
• Former Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Frank Pastore, who became a popular Christian radio show host, died Monday. He was 55. Pastore had been in a coma since a car collided with his motorcycle Nov. 19.
Manziel captures AP top player award
• Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was voted the Associated Press Player of the Year. He is the first freshman to collect the AP award. Manziel’s 31 votes were more than twice that of second place finisher Manti Te’o, Notre Dame’s star linebacker.
• The Buffalo Bills took the first step in securing their offensive line’s long-term future by signing starting right guard Kraig Urbik to a four-year contract extension worth $13.3 million.
• The San Diego Chargers placed running back Ryan Mathews, wide receiver Malcom Floyd and tackle Reggie Wells on season-ending injured reserve.
• The Jacksonville Jaguars placed defensive end Andre Branch and tailback Jordan Todman on injured reserve.
• Buffalo Bills receiver Donald Jones was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.
• The Chicago Bears placed running back Michael Bush on season-ending injured reserve because of a rib injury.
• New York Jets coach Rex Ryan decided to bench Mark Sanchez in favor of Greg McElroy.
Hirscher captures slalom in Italy
• Defending overall World Cup champion Marcel Hirscher of Austria was fastest in both runs to post an emphatic victory in a night slalom in Madonna Di Campiglio, Italy, that was marred by the death of a gate keeper.
• Cuban Olympic silver medalist boxer Arnaldo Mesa died Monday in the eastern city of Holguin, several days after he was hospitalized for a stroke. He was 46.
• Colin Montgomerie and Ken Schofield, head of the European Tour for nearly 30 years, were elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame.
• Chapter Seven was voted 2012 Trotter of the Year after eight wins in 10 starts.
— From wire reports